RISE UP RADIO: JARED KELLEY, MARIA KECKLER, AND RYAN SISSON

Last week I had the honor to be a guest at Rise Up Radio and talk with Jared Kelley and entrepreneur extraordinaire Ryan Sisson, founder of the Moniker Group, about all thing entrepreneurial, servant leadership, the inspiring work of The David’s Harp Foundation, Inc., and changing our community. Here’s the episode if you want to listen in….

RISE UP RADIO WITH JARED KELLEY

Join us today for Women Lead Radio as Michelle Bergquist, your host of Women Who Lead, interviews Maria Keckler, President of Superb Communication and the author of – “Bridge Builders: How Superb Communicators Get What They Want in Business and in Life” and nominee for the Woman Breaking Barriers Award at the 2016 San Diego Women of Influence Awards.

NEW Bridge Builders SINGLE

Maria takes us on the path to learn about her Bridge Builder principles for intentional and authentic communication. A bridge is a connector, a path that is built with numerous supports that provide the strength to last. Learn how not to let them crumble and become a Bridge Builder communicator!

Effective communicators place themselves in their audiences’ mindset, what does your audience need – not what can I give them. Learn more about the Bridge Builders principles to becoming a better communicator. Maria firmly believes bridge builders are all superb communicators.

Maria Keckler believes that business, entrepreneurship, and courageous people tackling BHADs (Big Hairy Audacious Dreams) can change the world! Maria is a business and communications strategist, philanthropist, and bestselling author. She’s also the founder of Superb Communication, a San Diego based firm that offers strategic communication solutions for small businesses and large corporate clients.

For the last 20 years, Maria’s work has boiled down to facilitating breakthrough for hundreds of teams and professionals through strategic consulting, coaching, and training. The result of that work has lead to increased innovation, collaboration, revenues, and overall business results for hundreds of leaders within global companies, Fortune 500 companies, and small businesses.

About Your Host

michelleB_0086xWEB-199x300As the CEO and Co-Founder of Connected Women of Influence, Michelle Bergquist is a passionate advocate for women in business. At Connected Women of Influence, we believe that more women need to lead in business and everything we do is center-focused on designing platforms, programs, connections and collaborative opportunities for b2b women to prosper, succeed and lead the way in business today!

Direct Interview Link: Women who Lead

Appearance: Women Who Lead: Michelle Berquist Interviews Maria Keckler
Outlet: Women Who Lead
Location: San Diego, CA
Format: Radio

MY FAVORITE 50 QUOTES TO INSPIRE YOU TO DARE GREATLY

Over 40 years ago I fell in love with inspiring words. The first I remember came from my dad. He began teaching me about pivot points and the art of chess when I was only six years old as he repeated a single phrase over and over again:

One single move can change the momentum of the game became my mantra and my directive to keep moving forward when everything seemed hopeless.

Dad only lived to be 39, but as it is the case with the distant mentors we love to quote, his legacy lives on for he truly taught me to dare greatly.

Today—as I celebrate my fiftieth birthday—I want to pay the lesson forward by gifting YOU with my 50 favorite quotes to inspire YOU to dare greatly too.

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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. —Theodore Roosevelt

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Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. —Harriet Tubman

THE STORIES YOU BELIEVE WIN

The stories you believe (about you, others, and circumstances around you) always win—whether those stories are true or not.

If you believe someone can’t change, chances are you won’t see changes in them.

If you believe you are right, you’ll have a hard time seeing someone else’s perspective.

  • What “stories” about yourself are helping or hurting your influence?
  • What “stories” about someone else helping or hurting the relationship?
  • What “stories” about your circumstances are keeping you from seeing new possibilities and opportunities around you?
  • What “stories” are giving you an edge and which ones are keeping you stuck?

You can change the narratives that are guiding your business and your life.

Don’t let any story highjack your influence, your relationships, and the outcomes you want.  You can choose.

PUT PERFECTIONISM TO BED

Yesterday I had a big breakthrough. I stepped in front of the camera for my first-ever LIVE Facebook video broadcast. No editing. No second takes to make me sound smarter and more likeable. No changing the angle to make me look thinner or more professional. A terrifying moment for a chronic perfectionist.

Why put myself through the agony? Because I wanted to connect with the amazing entrepreneurs I have the privilege to lead through a 30 Day Business Breakthrough Challenge.

I’m in San Diego. They are tuning in from around the world. I wanted them to see what was happening at the live mastermind event.

My insecurities were put to bed at the foot of service… because it wasn’t about me. It was about them. I wanted to cheer them up. I wanted them to feel the energy from San Diego, so it could fire them up.

In the next 18 months amazing things are going to happen for those who have the guts to get rid of the insecurities that have kept them smaller than they want and need to be.

I want to be one of them. I want to inspire others to do the same. So, I’m I’m stepping in front of the live camera more often.

I breathe. I tell myself: “It’s not about me.”

How about you. Why do you need to put your perfectionism to bed? If the reason is big enough. If it’s in support of serving others, you will do it.

Let’s go!

EPISODE 5: JOSEPH RANSETH – HOW TO START A MOVEMENT

What Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ghandi can teach us about marketing

What comes to mind when you hear the names of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi in the same sentence with the word Marketing? That’s the topic of my recent conversation with Joseph Ranseth, best-selling author, international TEDx speaker, and thought leader who has been helping individuals and organizations start movements for over 15 years.

In this episode of Business Breakthrough University, Joseph shares inspiring and thought-provoking principles behind movement-worthy ideas. He also shares the blueprint that world class leaders have used (without even realizing it) to create movements that have spread like wildfire.

Beware: Joseph is not your typical marketer who’s putting a new spin on common business ideas. Joseph’s authentic passion for launching transformational messages and brands will challenge the way you look at your message, your business, your audience, and your influence.

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LEARN MORE TO EARN MORE: 4 INFOGRAPHICS TO ELEVATE YOUR GAME

“Learn more to earn more,” has been the intrinsic theme of several mastermind conversations I’ve had this month. I believe it’s a true statement.

Consider the following: A single insight, idea, or piece of feedback can elevate our game to new heights. Who doesn’t need to elevate his or her game a bit more? And who couldn’t benefit from earning more: More money. More trust. More credibility. 

3 REASONS YOU ARE READY TO TAKE A LEAP

I’ve been talking a lot about February 29, the day when I plan to help as many people as I can take a BIG leap in their career and business this year. It will happen at the TAKE A LEAP EVENT in San Diego. It has ocurred to me that you may still be wondering about three questions:

  • Who is this event really for?
  • Am I ready to take a leap?
  • What will I walk away with?

I put the following infographic to help you decide.

Ready Now

BONUS GIFT WHEN YOU REGISTER THIS WEEK

My 7 Day Clarity Breakthrough Program, an intensive audio program normally sold for $197.  Available to you immediately, so you can get ready to take a big leap IMMEDIATELY.

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HERE’S A TASTE OF WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

 

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3 LESSONS FROM BLOWING IT, WANTING TO LIE, BUT CHOOSING NOT TO

Have you ever felt that horrible sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you realize that you have blown it big time… when you risk being embarrassed, disappointing others, and losing all your credibility with people who matter to you in more ways than one?

It happened to me yesterday. I live by my calendar, yet I double booked myself for dinner.

Seven unsuspecting people I didn’t want to dissapoint were on the line.

3 BREAKTHROUGH OPENINGS FOR BETTER PRESENTATIONS

Imagine a Steve Jobs keynote opening with “Hi, my name is Steve Jobs. The name of my company is Apple” Or Howard Schultz opening a presentation with “Hi, my name is Howard Schultz and I’m here to talk to you about Starbucks.”

Boring and not very engaging.

Yet, thousands of business presentations going on today will start exactly the same way, despite the fact that the audience already knows who the presenter is.

8 PIVOT POINTS TO IMPROVE LEADERSHIP, INFLUENCE, AND RESULTS [INFOGRAPHIC]

Effective leadership equals influence. Influence mobilizes effective collaboration, greater creativity and innovation, fruitful relationships, and superior business results. How can we become more influential and effective leaders today?

Small, incremental improvements, not necessarily drastic changes, have the greatest impact on leadership and influence. The infographic above gives you eight communication-driven pivot points that will help you improve your ability to positively influence your team and stakeholders, so you can go further faster.

If you have audacious goals to reach this year… If you want to take your business to the next level, join me February 29 and design your BIG leap and business breakthrough.

Click here to find out more.

50 SHARABLE QUOTES TO INSPIRE YOU IN BUSINESS AND IN LIFE

I haven’t met the person who doesn’t enjoy inspiring quotes. Well, except for the occasional curmudgeon who will miss the point but will eagerly point out the grammatical errors and alleged cliches. Let’s ignore the latter for now.

I have a theory: we love inspiring quotes because our brains are starving for positive nourishment, the type of mental fuel that propels us towards greater faith, focus, courage, perseverance, and the will to live with passion and purpose.

Truth be told, inspiring quotes can be nothing more than brain candy… if we just read them and quickly forget their inherent wisdom.

May the following fifty quotes be like mental vitamins that inspire you to learn how to build the life and business of your dreams.